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This post originally appeared on WELL/AWARE, a blog by NYC based Lindsay Mueller dedicated to finding balance, practicing wellness, and living more sustainably inside and out. I bought this book took, and was planning on doing my own review, but hers is so great, I asked her if I could put it on EcoCult! Enjoy. 

“That book makes me want to throw away everything,” she said with a smile. “I had no idea how much my stuff was weighing me down.”

I looked up from my evening R train reading to find a kindred spirit, a slightly older Brooklyn-bound woman who also had Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up in her satchel. We chatted for a few stops about how many bags we’d amassed thus far, whether our significant others would be on board and how good we felt after truly flushing out the waste in our lives. It was invigorating even just to discuss, and certainly confirmed any suspicions I had about tidying and minimalism as a movement, it’s not just a flash in the pan.

Something about a clean slate is always appealing. Like I mentioned previously, it’s a rare chance to do-over, start from scratch and implement new habits. This is especially true when it comes to the home. A healthy home touches all facets of life and is intricately connected to our physical, mental and emotional being. Ever go on a cleaning spree at one o’clock in the morning to de-stress, or feel frenzied because you have chores piled up at home even though you’re nowhere near your house? Yeah, me too. The connection is absolutely real.

So how does one de-clutter her home and keep it that way without hiring a team of professionals? Evidently it’s all about the approach. From personal experience, it’s good to remember to tread lightly as fresh starts can easily become false starts. In order to truly transform your home, you have to be just as enamored by the habits and rituals themselves than the allure of a starting anew — otherwise you’re setting yourself up for “failure,” (in quotation marks because, of course, habits are elastic and can always be changed, even when you slip back into bad ones).

That’s just who Marie Kondo sets out to help in her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up — the every person. We are relieved by the fact that you don’t need to be a super duper minimalist or a clean freak in order to realize inner order with her guidance. Kondo’s namesake KonMari Method caters to those of us who really crave that blank page, but have been unsuccessful in achieving it in the past. Her fundamental philosophy comes from the heart, not the head, that’s my best guess as to why she’s never had a repeat client and her book sales are through the roof! Talk about living WELL / AWARE.

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Fundamentals

The KonMari method is beautiful in its simplicity. It’s easy to dismiss Kondo’s self-taught, enthusiast approach to tidying but I don’t think she’d be where she is without it. Her drive is admirable, her knowledge aplenty and her experience with clients has proven time and time again to be successful. Her approach to tidying can be broken down into two key principles:

Read about the principles on WELL/AWARE.